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Reading Comprehension Worksheets & Printables

Reading comprehension skills are an essential building block for academic success. Whether your child is just beginning to read or is an advanced reader, there are printable reading comprehension worksheets that can supplement what he is learning in school. These reading comprehension worksheets allow your child to get some extra practice in a fun and simple format. Students will read interesting and engaging stories, including folktales, modern stories, and nonfiction, and then learn to discuss, write about, or summarize the story. Have fun and learn with reading comprehension worksheets.

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This lunch time story is completely out of order! Can your child read each sentence and number them correctly so that the story makes sense?
Comprehension
Fourth Grade
Meet a pirate from history, Captain Henry Morgan, and get your child's imagination going while blasting boredom out of the water with fun reading and writing.
Comprehension
Third Grade
We've brewed up a powerful potion this Halloween to help hone reading and writing skills! Learn all about witches with a fun info sheet.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Enjoy 'How the Whale Got His Throat' by Rudyard Kipling, and complete some reading comprehension activities, including a few coloring pages!
Comprehension
Fourth Grade
Get ready for a ghostly reading activity! Here's a Halloween sheet that will teach your child all about ghosts and the history behind these spooks.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Searching for a phonics worksheet that can help your child with his reading skills? This printable will help him identify the letter J.
Comprehension
Kindergarten
Read about why kangaroos hop on two legs, in Rudyard Kipling's 'The Sing Song of Old Kangaroo.' Your kid will answer reading questions and color illustrations.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Learn more about author, activist and poet Maya Angelou with this Historical Heroes printable - a great addition to celebrating Black History Month.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Sink your teeth into this fun reading and writing activity, and learn all about vampires! Your child will read some history behind these Halloween villains.
Comprehension
Fifth Grade
Kids just starting with nonfiction can read a short biography of Ada Lovelace, and they'll also get practice identifying transition words in text.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Sail back in time to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, with this fun, fact-filled worksheet.
Comprehension
Third Grade
Story webs organize a story into one main idea and several details. Help your second grader read the story, then analyze it using the story web.
Comprehension
Second Grade
A natural with numbers,Shakuntala Devi rose to fame at a young age by showing the calculator who's boss with her lightning-fast mental math.
Comprehension
Second Grade
Young readers will love digging into this passage's cool catfish facts, and they'll get a nice reading comprehension workout in the process.
Comprehension
Second Grade

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Improve Reading Comprehension with These Tips

Reading comprehension worksheets are key tools for helping your child understand a book or text. Supplement our reading comprehension worksheets by reading books with your child and doing these simple comprehension exercises:

  • Start with pre-reading engagement. Look at the book cover with your child and make predictions about the subject of the book based on the title and picture. If you're reading "Hansel and Gretel," you might say, "I see that the title of this book is 'Hansel and Gretel.' I also see a boy and a girl on the front cover. I predict that this book will be about Hansel, a boy, and Gretel, a girl." Older children can be prompted to make their own predictions.
  • Ask questions as you read with your child. You can ask your child how you think a character feels based on his picture or words in the text. You might also point out surprising things in the pictures. Kids also love making preditions mid-story; ask your child, "What do you think will happen next?"
  • After you've finished a book, have a short discussion about what you've read. You can ask your child to summarize the story, or tell you his favorite part, or tell you what he thinks will happen to the characters after the book ends.
  • Encourage your child to complete reading comprehension worksheets regularly. There are perfect post-story reading comprehension worksheets, including story maps, 'fan fiction' writing prompts, and comprehension bookmarks. You can also try printing reading comprehension worksheets with stories and exercises together.

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